‘Everything He Does Turns to Gold’ – Ex-F1 Team Boss Tips Stroll to Transform Aston Martin

Published 02/08/2021, 2:42 AM EST
LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – Owner of Racing Point Lawrence Stroll and Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Racing Point walks in the Paddock before final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


F1 enthusiasts have many things they will look forward to this season, and Aston Martin will certainly be among them. One very significant personality who has played a part in driving the outfit to this level is Lawrence Stroll.

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The Canadian billionaire took over a team that was effectively in administration and gave it the identity of Racing Point. In a matter of just two seasons, the ‘Pink Panthers’ have become among the most efficient teams on the grid.

Speaking in an interview, former F1 team boss Eddie Jordan had some words of praise for Stroll. He believes that the 61-year-old is currently the ‘smartest instrument’ in the sport at the moment.

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Lawrence Stroll has been a revelation, explains former F1 team boss Eddie Jordan

Jordan stated, “Never, ever rule out the father, Lawrence Stroll. He has that Midas touch, everything he does he turns to gold. He is the smartest instrument in Formula 1 at the moment, without any question.”

Under the leadership of Stroll, Racing Point have emerged from lower midfield contenders to become favorites in the top three battle. The win from Sergio Perez in Sakhir put the icing on a cake that has displayed a solid foundation and an industrious spirit.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez sprays sparkling wine as he celebrates winning the race on the podium with third placed Lance Stroll Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

“He has been a revelation, he’s one of the greatest entrepreneurial minds that you could get. Everything he does turns to gold, whether it’s Michael Kors, whether it’s Tommy Hilfiger, whether it’s the fragrance brand, whether it’s a jeans company. Everything that he does,” concluded Jordan.

Could Aston Martin F1 target a top-two finish under Stroll’s guidance?

Naturally, with the recruitment of Sebastian Vettel and a new rebrand, Stroll would expect to see further improvements from the team in 2021. He has also seen so much of his vision come true so far, with Aston Martin now a key contender for P3 alongside McLaren.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December Racing Point’s Sergio Perez during practice Kamran Jebreili/Pool via REUTERS

However, the new driver pairing combined with renewed machinery might just lead to an outside chance of achieving P2. Displacing Red Bull from that predicted position would be a tough job, but that will always serve as motivation.

Therefore, Aston Martin will continue improving and fighting, with a dedicated leader like Stroll at the helm. Additionally, with his ‘Midas touch,’ he will hope that the team’s fortunes can increase multifold in the near future.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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